Bearden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Bearden is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. Bearden is a name that comes from the Norman personal name Burdo, which is thought to be of Germanic origin.
Early Origins of the Bearden family
The surname Bearden was first found in Essex where they were granted lands by King William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings. Baron Burden appears in the Role of Battel Abbey and the Domesday Book as holding lands held by the Count of Mortain and leased to Richard de Surdeval.
Burdon and Great Burdon are townships in Durham. "The ancient family of Burdon, of knightly dignity, derived their name from this place; which also gave name to a local family, who, however, never passed the rank of yeomanry." 
Early History of the Bearden family
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Bearden Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bearden family name include Burdon, Burden, Bourden, Bourdon, Birden, Berden, Burdin, Burdin, Burdun, Burdon, Burdune, Burghdone, Burdoun and many more.
Early Notables of the Bearden family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bearden family to Ireland
Some of the Bearden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 69 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bearden migration to the United States +
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Bearden family to immigrate North America:
Bearden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jos. H. Bearden, aged 32, who landed in America from Bradford, in 1893
Bearden Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Timothy Bearden, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Kilcumin, in 1900
- John Thomas Bearden, aged 45, who immigrated to the United States from Nottingham, England, in 1908
- Ima Lita Bearden, aged 27, who settled in America from East Cowes, England, in 1911
- Edgar Eric Bearden, aged 2, who landed in America from Liverpool, England, in 1920
- Elmo O'Neal Bearden, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Liverpool, England, in 1920
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Contemporary Notables of the name Bearden (post 1700) +
- Bessye J. Bearden (1893-1943), American journalist
- Carl Bearden (b. 1956), American Republican politician for Missouri 
- Milton Bearden (b. 1940), retired American Central Intelligence Agency officer
- Jonathan Scott Bearden (b. 1985), American actor
- Henry Eugene "Gene" Bearden (1920-2004), American Major League Baseball left-handed knuckleball pitcher
- Romare Bearden (1911-1988), African American artist and writer
- Aaron L. Bearden, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
- Sharon Bearden, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1996 
- Marcus D. Bearden (1830-1885), American politician, Mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee, 1868-69 
- J. T. Bearden, American politician, Candidate for Representative from Arkansas in the Confederate Congress 2nd District, 1861 
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